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Jay Heritage Center 
Autumn 2013 Newsletter Volume 2
In This Issue
"On the Nature of Constitutions - A Preface by Prof. Akhil Reed Amar
"Jay Day! A Fall Family Festival"
"Zebra Soiree"

July 4


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Dear Friends,
On September 17, 2013 we will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. This remarkable living document gives all American citizens the right to vote, the ability to speak openly, and the liberty to pursue personal choices free from discrimination.  Perhaps at no other time in history, as we witness rapid global changes in government and leadership, can we better appreciate the strengths of our own laws and value systems. 
As our own observance of Constitution Week 2013, our first joint conference with the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society will launch September 18 starting with a keynote speech by Yale Law School Professor, Akhil Reed Amar. A 2 day workshop will follow convening scholars from universities around the world to Rye, New York. These thoughtful individuals - from Oxford and Sussex, England to Sofia, Bulgaria to Harvard and Stanford - will discuss and examine the evolving role of populism in influencing governments. 
Our Constitution inspires us, "we the people," to have a voice and be active members of our communities and our nation.  In 1952, Congress designated September 17 as "Citizenship Day"

"for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside."  At JHC, this same directive to promote civic advocacy is one of our central goals; it is articulated in many of the visitor and school programs that we offer all calendar year. We are proud to have been added this year to New York  State's "Path Through History" for exploring themes of Civil Rights.  Going into its 12th year of performances, "Striving For Freedom" our signature play about the abolition of slavery in New York has been seen by thousands of school children. And coming this February 8, 2014 we will host our first African American History Symposium in partnership with the Westchester Historical Society.

We hope you will join us for these and many more exceptional offerings for children and adults coming up in 2013 -2014 from Jay Day to our Zebra Soiree fundraiser.  If you are not yet a JHC member, please consider supporting our efforts with a donation or a gift of time as a volunteer.   We look forward to seeing you at the Jay Estate!  

Suzanne Clary, President
Jay Heritage Center
"On the Nature of Constitutions" 
Wednesday, September 18 at 5:30pm   FLJ 
A Preface by Professor Akhil Reed Amar
amar we the people
Noted legal scholar, author and Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar gives the keynote speech to launch our first academic conference titled "Populism and Constitutions." He will address the nature of constitutions, with particular reference to how ideas about constitutions have changed and developed, and how they might look in the future. Co-sponsored by the Jay Heritage Center and the Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society (FLJS.) FLJS is an independent institution affiliated with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies based at Wolfson College, Oxford; its objective is to study the role of law in contemporary societies and bring the fruits of academic research to a wider professional audience.
Lecture is free and open to the public. Due to anticipated demand, reservations are required. To reserve a seat please contact JHC at our new address, or call (914) 698-9275 by Monday, September 16, 2013. 
Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School.  
"Jay Day - A Fall Family Festival" 
Sunday, September 22nd 11am - 3p
With Facepainting Fun, Storyteller Jonathan Kruk & Falconry by Jim Eyring  
JHC's will host Jay Day, its annual Fall Family Festival on Sunday, September 22nd from 11am to 3:00pm celebrating American culture and traditions. Highlights include performances by Storyteller Jonathan Kruk as John Jay, re-enacting his important role as a Spymaster for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Kids will also see an authentic British broad arrow, learn about geocaching and solving secret codes.

Master Falconer Jim Eyring from Pace University's Environmental Center will bring his birds of prey and explain the delicate dynamics of birds and habitats. Other activities and entertainment include music by the Hudson River Ramblers, facepainting, pony rides, and costumed tours of the Jay Mansion. 

See 2012 Jay Day photos here

Jay Day is an official event of the 2013 Hudson River Valley Ramble Weekend which celebrates American heritage in New York State. Admission is $30 per family; $10 per individual.

For more information about Jay Day, please email us at our new address, or call (914) 698-9275. You can also follow us on Facebook at for updates.
Zebra Soiree
Saturday, October 19th 7:30pm  
JHC Annual Fundraiser at American Yacht Club  
An evening not to be missed! This always high energy event will be held for the first time at American Yacht Club just a sail across Milton Harbor from the Jay Estate! Dance the night away while bidding on travel excursions and exclusive tasting parties. Proceeds and underwriting gifts will fund children's programs including JHC's interactive theatre productions, architecture camps and hands on archaeology adventures, Imap Invasives training classes for teens and civic advocacy programs.

Black and White attire invited! Tickets start at $200. To reserve your spot or purchase a table, please call (914) 698-9275.